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DBT Skills Training: The Essentials

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Please note: This is a training series for staff and guests of CHI Nebraska.

If you are not a part of this group, please visit us at https://behavioraltech.org/events/ to see a list of upcoming events available to the general public.

Training Description

This introductory two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn the goals of each skills module, and the targets for DBT skills training. They are also taught how to apply fundamental DBT strategies in skills training and coaching, so as to maintain dialectical balance in the endeavor. Clinical examples are used to illustrate specific skills training procedures. This course incorporates video of roundtable discussions of DBT experts, and demonstrations of a skills training class.

This course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn DBT skills to improve their work with their clients. Prior knowledge of DBT is not required; however, learning will be enhanced if participants are familiar with Dr. Marsha Linehan’s DBT® Skills Training Manual, Second Edition, and should attend the training with this book.

Research indicates that DBT skills are a key mechanism of change for suicide attempts, non-suicidal self-injury, depression, and anger (Neacsiu et al., 2010), and multiple randomized control trials have shown DBT skills to be effective for a variety of problems, including depression, emotion dysregulation, binge eating, and borderline personality disorder.

DBT skills are one of 4 modes of standard outpatient DBT. While attendance at this workshop is expected to enhance clinical work, the workshop will not result in participants knowing how to conduct DBT.

Primary Objective:

As a result of this training participants will be able to do DBT skills training.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how DBT skills fit in the larger context of DBT.
  2. Describe the function of skills training.
  3. Describe the dialectical nature of DBT skills training.
  4. Identify the targets for DBT skills training.
  5. Identify the goals of DBT Mindfulness skills.
  6. Describe how Core Mindfulness skills are key (core) to all skills taught in DBT.
  7. Identify the goals of DBT Distress Tolerance skills.
  8. Identify the goals of DBT Emotion Regulation skills.
  9. Describe the functions of emotions.
  10. Identify the goals of DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.
  11. Identify the strategies and procedures required for effective teaching of DBT skills training.
  12. Explain the progression from skills acquisition and strengthening to generalization.

Schedule

Day 1
8:00 – 8:30 Registration and CE/CME Sign-In
8:30 – 10:00 DBT Skills in Context
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 DBT as Dialectics & DBT Skills Delivery
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15 – 2:45 The Middle Path: Dialectics, Validation, and Changing Behavior
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:15 DBT Core Mindfulness Skills
4:15 – 4:30 Homework Assignment, Q & A, Completion of Evaluation, and CE/CME Sign-Out

Day 2
8:00 – 8:30 CE/CME Sign-In
8:30 – 10:00 Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Emotion Regulation Skills
12:00 – 1:15 Lunch on your own
1:15 – 2:45 Distress Tolerance Skills
2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:15 Teaching & Coaching DBT Skills
4:15 – 4:30 Q & A, Completion of Evaluation, and CE/CME Sign-Out

Trainers

Ronda Oswalt Reitz, PhD

Columbia, MO (United States) Ronda Oswalt Reitz, Ph.D., is the Coordinator for Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. In this role, she is charged with the implementation, support, and evaluation of DBT programming in public mental health settings statewide.  Dr. Reitz specializes in large-scale implementation of DBT and has developed comprehensive DBT programming in community mental health systems, inpatient hospitals, and in juvenile and adult forensic settings.  Dr. Reitz is also a national trainer-consultant for Behavioral Tech, the treatment dissemination company founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of DBT.  Dr. Reitz is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

Tony DuBose, PsyD

  Seattle, WA   Anthony P. DuBose, PsyD is the Chief Training Executive & Director of CE/CME for Behavioral Tech, LLC, the company founded by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, for the dissemination of evidence-based treatments. He is a Founding Member and serves on the Advisory Board of the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, PLLC. Dr. DuBose received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacific University of Oregon. He completed his predoctoral psychology internship at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, WA, and his residency requirements for psychology licensure as a postdoctoral fellow in clinical child psychology through the University of Washington's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Before training as a psychologist he completed a Master of Science degree in counseling from Loyola University of New Orleans and worked as a family therapist upon completion of that degree. Dr. DuBose is licensed as a psychologist by the state of Washington, and is certified as a DBT Clinician by the DBT- Linehan Board of Certification. His interest in suicidal and self-injurious behaviors developed when working with severely suicidal adolescents at the Child Study and Treatment Center, the state psychiatric hospital for children in Washington, where he served as director of the older adolescent program from 1997 to 2001. His experience includes treatment of adults, adolescents, children, families, and inpatient adolescent populations. He is a recognized expert in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the treatment of suicidal and self-injurious behaviors in adults and adolescents, borderline personality disorder, and substance use disorders. He has collaborated with Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., ABPP, and other researchers on the study of DBT, particularly related to its dissemination and implementation. He has a particular interest in implementation of evidence-based treatments in systems and has trained and consulted with providers in the United States, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Europe, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and South America.  

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Please note: This is a registration page for the 12.5 hour training DBT Skills: The Essentials.  If you would like to register for the 6 hour Introduction to DBT: Skillful Living, please go to http://behavioraltech.org/event/chi-health-series-dbt-intro/.

This training is funded in part from 5H79SM063392-03 from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration $174,949.00 subgranted through the Nebraska Department of Health and Services, Division of Behavioral Health.

Behavioral Tech, LLC is not responsible for any presenter’s or participant’s statements, acts, materials or omissions. The use of audio or video taping devices is not permitted at any training. We reserve the right to cancel the training or to change the speakers and content at our sole discretion.

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Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 four weeks prior to the training so that we may provide you with appropriate service.

Venue Information

Locations vary by date:

August 15-16:
Educational Service Unit #3, Cass/Douglas Conference Room, 6949 S 110th Street, La Vista NE 68128 (click here for an interactive map)

August 29-30:
McAuley Center, Right Track Conference Room, 12809 W Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154 (click here for an interactive map)

September 12-13:
McAuley Center, Right Track Conference Room, 12809 W Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154 (click here for an interactive map)

Continuing Education

This offering meets the requirements for the following hours by discipline. Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state’s regulatory authority to verify if this course meets your licensing or continuing education requirements. Inquiries regarding CE for other disciplines not listed may be directed to Behavioral Tech at 206.675.8588 or via email to support@behavioraltech.org.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Behavioral Tech is approved the NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals, Provider #77431. You will receive a letter via email documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity. The allotted contact hours for this activity = 12.5.

Mental Health Counselors
Behavioral Tech is approved a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™), ACEP No. 5885. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Behavioral Tech, LLC, is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Behavioral Tech will email you a letter documenting your attendance upon successful completion of the activity. The allocated clock hours for this activity = 12.5.

Nurses
Behavioral Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Continuing Medical Education is accepted by the ANCC for nursing certification renewal. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this activity = 12.5.
At the end of the training, each Nurse must complete and sign the provided form to record the number of credits claimed. Keep one copy & return the other copy to Behavioral Tech.

Psychiatrists
Behavioral Tech is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The maximum AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ designated by Behavioral Tech for this activity = 12.5.
At the end of the training, each Physician must complete and sign the provided form to record the number of credits claimed. Keep one copy & return the other copy to Behavioral Tech.

Psychologists
Behavioral Tech is approved the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Behavioral Tech maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Behavioral Tech will email you a letter documenting your attendance after successful completion of the program and homework. The number of hours Behavioral Tech has allocated within APA guidelines = 12.5.

Social Workers & Marriages and Family Therapists
The Nebraska Board of Mental Health Practice accepts CE activities sponsored by national or regional mental health practice associations directly related to enhancing mental health practice (such as American Psychological Association (APA), National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), etc.). The number of hours allotted for this activity = 12.5.

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